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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Campus Advantage

Spring 2011 Site Review

Position: Business Development Intern
Student: Economics Senior

My internship experience has been both worthwhile and meaningful. I’ve learned how the commercial real estate business works. For instance, I now know that the majority of our business is simply talking to people. If you’re not communicating with your teammate, you’re on the phone with various apartment complexes. Yet, talking isn’t everything! My position became very familiar with Microsoft Excel. The general atmosphere and type of people were great to work and collaborate with. The business development team has a great balance with different backgrounds. Of the six team members, one team member is 50 and two other team members are around 35. Yet, the other 4 members are around 25. Even though my team members differ in age, all seven of them are upbeat, friendly, and career driven.

My time, responsibilities, and day to day life were very team oriented. There were few projects/tasks that anyone completed on their own. Therefore, if you’re not a team player that enjoys polishing and adding on to other co-worker’s unfinished work, this might not be the position for you. This makes work a little unpredictable considering everyone within the team focuses on very different parts of our business. For instance, the VP of acquisitions may want to find a potential site to build on or review an apartment complex’s income statement and balance sheet. The business associate and market analyst might want me call various apartments for market research studies covering many colleges across the nation. Finally, the Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer might want me to track down various leads for prospective clients.    

All in all, I feel as if I can contribute to Campus Advantage as a market analyst within our tight-knit group of seven diverse individuals.

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